Post by benotforgot on Dec 28, 2009 13:10:32 GMT -6
1869 M. C. Vick letter Tuesday, December 28, 1869
Comments: This letter appears to be undated, but someone wrote in "Dec 1869" in the margin. On the Vick Mailing List it is dated 28 Dec 1869.
i resum my seat this morning to write you a few lines to let you know that we are all well accept bad colds we are in camp to day this is a pleasant day the weather has been very cold the last too weeks. we have been blessed that we are all alive
Berry has gone to look at land to day i understand ? Valentine has got home I heard from Cousin Virginia She is doing very well her post ofice is Springfield Texas Limestone
we was water bound and took a road to head the creek and went to the marsh and there we spent the day the mules could not stand up and pull ? came very near drowing there was only too wagons came through taken the mules out and got oxen to pull the wagon out
we have had hard times but no worse than i expected i am in hopes that we will soon get to the stopping place for i am verry tired travling
look over all mistakes for i am in the swamp and the brigade are all washing to day they are all in fine spirits
i must bring this to a close as every thing is black and i am black to give my love to sister and brother and reserve a goodly portion to yur self Mat had a chill yesterday i will write to you as soon as we get setled.
Post by benotforgot on Dec 28, 2011 15:48:00 GMT -6
1) M. C. Vick [Mary Caroline (Boyd) Vick] apparently wrote this letter the same day her daughter Adela Vick wrote letter #1.
2) ? - Mr. Valentine - ? - I get the impression he is somehow 'family', but have been unable to establish a connection -- anyone know???
3) Cousin Virginia - this must be Virginia (McDowell) Matthews, the same as Adela Vick referred to in letter #1.
4) The only Springfield I can locate today (1966-1967 TEXAS ALMANAC) is in Anderson County, not in Limestone County, so I really have no idea where the "Springfield, Texas, Limestone" is! Any ideas???
5) Mention of "the brigade all watching" probably refers to her children: Matthew (b. 1866), Arabella (my grandmother - b. 1862), Ellen Louella LuVicy [not sure about name](b. 1858-1859), and possibly Charles E. (b. 1857), Adela (b. 1854), and Joseph Henry (b.1852).
6) Not sure what "everything is black and I am black to[o]" means. Maybe that it is getting dark, and/or that Mary Caroline is developing a black mood!
7) Mat - must be her son Matthew - who Adela mentioned as having chills in letter #1.